US mounts WTO challenge over EU moratorium on GMOs

The US government - flanked by 12 other countries - referred the EU's five-year moratorium on authorising genetically modified crops and foods to the World Trade Organisation in May, sparking a bitter public exchange with EU officials. US officials concede that their goal is to set a precedent to deter other "unscientific" trade-obstructive regulations in future. Trade experts predict that the case could prove too politically charged and complex for the WTO to handle.

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